Sachin Kohli face off at Wankhede ahead of Bengaluru Mumbai duel

Sanjay Bangar

In the 22-yard duel, on Tuesday, Rohit Sharma or Virat Kohli, who will have the last laugh, is being debated between the two camps of fans. But twenty-four hours before the match, the master and his successor met at the Wankhede, the site of the World Cup victory. Virat Kohli met with Sachin Tendulkar and had a chat.

Royal Challengers Banglore posted the video of the face-to-face meeting of the two legends. The video shows, seeing Sachin, Kohli went ahead and hugged him. They talked for a while. Both burst into laughter. Posting that picture, RCB wrote on social media,

“59,679 runs. 175 hundreds. And a million memories crowded into one frame.”

The picture went viral in no time. A cricket lover wrote,

“There are some pictures that make you feel good in a moment. There was no better moment at the Wankhede on Monday.”

In an interview given on YouTube a few days ago, Kohli told the story of his first meeting with the legend. Virat said,

“My first meeting with Sachin Paaji was very interesting. I had prepared for two days to meet him in the dressing room of the Indian team. I touched Sachin Paaji’s feet as soon as we met. To be honest, I was very nervous then.”

After seeing this picture of Kohli and Sachin on Monday, the fans brought up the topic again.

While fans were excited with the Sachin- Kohli encounter, Tuesday’s match is a test of survival in the playoff race for both camps. After playing 10 matches, both teams have earned 10 points. A loss at the Wankhede on Tuesday would mean either team would fall far behind in the play-off race.

RCB’s batting mainly stands on the shoulders of the two. One is Virat Kohli and the other is captain Faf du Plessis. Faf, the owner of the orange hat, has scored 511 runs in 10 matches so far. But the striking thing is his strike rate, 157.72. Virat Kohli is not far behind. 419 runs came from his bat in 10 matches.

Du plessi moreover said on RCB’s social media on Monday that he paid special attention to increasing the strike rate. Both his and that of Kohli are not going hand in hand while adding runs to the scoreboard. This time his aim is to play a match-winning innings for the team from the wicket till the end. He said,

“I always play with the aim of getting a century. I don’t let the strike rate go down in the middle as well, so that the later batsmen don’t face difficulties in getting runs.”

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